Blast to the past: My first digital camera – Fujifilm @xia SlimShot

Fujifilm @xia SlimShot
Fujifilm @xia SlimShot

While going through a mass of computer stuff including computer leads, floppy disk drives and even a USB vacuum cleaner, I came across what I think was my first digital camera, the Fujifilm @xia Slim Shot. I liked this camera so much at the time I actually bought another! Featuring a cool 0.3 MP camera, 8MB internal memory and being 6mm thin this camera produced some good pictures in a good light. At one point apparently it was listed in the Guinness World Records™ as the world’s thinnest camera.

Taken with the Fujifilm @xia SlimShot
Taken with the Fujifilm @xia SlimShot

I decided to plug it into my computer to see what happened. As I was not expecting much I was not surprised to see after a quick online search that official support for the camera is non existent and that no drivers would work with my Windows 7 64-bit OS. Then I remembered a feature of Windows 7 which I had a play with a few months back: Windows XP Mode. I fired the Virtual PC mode up, attached the camera so XP could see it and then inserted the installation CD. Using the driver installation window that had popped up I pointed to the folder on the CD containing the XP drivers and away it went. And then surprisingly I was met with success.

Using the pripority Slim Shot Photo Album (No mass storage) I managed to connect up each question in turn and even found photos still on each from ages ago. I was going to take these to the local recycling centre but now thanks to Windows XP Mode I can once again use these old cameras. Now time to stick them in a draw for another 8 years!

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